Senator Michael Baumgartner of Spokane has proposed an amendment to the State constitution that would radically alter the way education is funded in Washington. He joins Dave Ross to discuss his proposed amendment and a surprising consideration for teachers -- salaries of $100,000 per year.
Dr. Ibram Kendi's book, "Stamped From the Beginning: A History of Racist Ideas in America" is the winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. He joins Dave Ross to discuss the topic of racism in America from its inception to its current incarnation and role in national politics.
Dave Archambault Sr. is the father of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Council Chairman Dave Archambault II and a longtime advocate for Native American schools and education. He discusses the history of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest, the determination of the tribe to block the pipeline, and how this project is a line in the sand for native tribes in dealing with the broken promises of the US government.
FH Buckley, Trump family speechwriter, Foundation Professor at George Mason University Law School, and author of "The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America" joins Dave Ross to discuss the new president-elect and his plans for the country.
Deborah Fallows has spent years traversing the country visiting the cities who play host to immigrants and refugees from places like Syria. She shares her surprising insights about how refugees are resettled into the US, their benefits to the economy, dispels fears of importing terrorism, and how the national media narrative is completely wrong.
Washington's 9th District -- which stretches from Seattle, over to Bellevue, and down past Federal Way into Tacoma -- voted to send Adam Smith back to Congress this week. He was first elected back in 1996. As the top-ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, he has some concerns about Donald Trump's plans for our fighting forces overseas.
Criminologist Christoffer Carlsson at the Institute for Future Studies in Stockholm tells us about the Swedish city that's offering ISIS fighters a chance at rehabilitation
Journalist Shane Bauer, who first came to national prominence for his time spent locked up in Iranian prison, has come to further distinguish himself through his work as an undercover journalist. His most recent work for Mother Jones takes us inside his foray into the ranks of a militia group that patrols the US-Mexican border.
Dr. John Lott is an economist and world recognized expert on guns and crime and his latest book is "The War on Guns." His research famously explores how an increase in concealed-carry weapons can lead to reductions in crime. He joins Dave Ross to discuss his book and the role of weapons in society.
The Seattle City Council has recently taken up legislation that is in many cases, adopted verbatim from proposals written by activist groups such as the ACLU. Kevin Schofield is a former Microsoft executive and current city council citizen-watchdog who runs the website Seattle City Council Insights. He finds the trend troubling and says that if the Seattle City Council was adopting legislation from business lobbying groups in a similar fashion, the public would be outraged. Dave Ross and Kevin discuss the current Seattle City Council legislative process and what Schofield's fellow retired Microsoft compatriots are doing with their time and resources in the community.
Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and perhaps America's most famous undocumented immigrant. Jose and Dave Ross have an insightful discussion about immigration as it relates to the upcoming election along with the economic and moral realities of America's current attitudes and policies in dealing with undocumented immigrants.
Ben Cohen has moved beyond the frosty foundations of an ice cream empire into the realm of political activism. The scoop du jour cause he supports? Getting big money and corporate influence out of politics. He discusses with Dave Ross how to give back democracy to the people.
Historian Alan Taylor's new book, "American Revolutions" takes us back to the founding of our country and examines the oft-glorified origin story that is written into our history books. As it turns out, our Founding Fathers didn't have all the answers, weren't patriotically united in purpose, and had motivations for revolution that were not entirely altruistic. Dave Ross delves into the true the origin story of our nation with the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian.
Chris Hadfield says he started training to be an astronaut at age 9. It only makes sense that his latest book is for kids. "The Darkest Dark" is available now, and Hadfield will appear at Seattle's Town Hall September 13th at 7:30
SB Nation writer Louis Bien tells us about the NFL's addiction to Toradol, a non-addictive painkiller.
Mara Revkin is a Fellow with the Abdallah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization at Yale Law School and Ph.D. student at Yale University. In conjunction with Syrian journalist Ahmed Mhidi and based on interviews with ISIS fighters, she has found the radical Islamic terrorist organization has a definite preference of candidates in the US presidential election. She joins Dave Ross to discuss her findings and why ISIS strongly favors Donald Trump.
Time Magazine Asia correspondent Rishi Iyengar reports on Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte and his war on drugs which has led to the killings, many extrajudicially, of over 2000 citizens, most of whom are the "poorest of the poor" drug user.
As Seattle's Mayor and City Council work to find a solution to the homeless crisis, we turn to Albuquerque for an idea. Mayor Richard Berry tells us about the "There's a Better Way" program, giving the homeless temporary jobs beautifying the city
Your body is an ecosystem. You are teeming with trillions of microbes, right now. Ed Yong discusses their importance in his book, I Contain Multitudes. Yong appears at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle on Friday, September 9th
Professor Richard Rosenfeld is a criminologist who has studied the supposed "Ferguson Effect," a term coined to explain the spiraling violence in big cities with large minority populations. Does it stem from de-policing? Can it be attributed to minority communities' plummeting trust in police, perhaps due to the Black Lives Matter movement? Does it exist at all? Dave Ross wades through the full range of issues and the latest data on the matter with Professor Rosenfeld.
JD Vance's book, "Hillbilly Elegy" explores from a personal perspective the oft-derided white working class that Donald Trump has tapped into. His insights into the economic struggles and political perspectives of this sector of America is especially prescient in the upcoming election. With JD Vance as his guide, Dave Ross delves into the psyche and perspective of the middle swath of white America.
Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper has written a book called "To Protect and Serve," in which he proposes solutions for the systemic issues plaguing our nation's police departments and the conflicts they face in the communities they serve. He discusses his diagnosis of the police and his prescription for community cohesion with Dave Ross.
Hope Teague is an educator in the Tacoma public schools and has written a blog post in which she discusses her role as an "Interchangeable White Lady." She argues for an understanding of where educators come from and ho they are viewed by their students as a jumping off point to facilitate classroom success.
Buzzfeed reporter Mike Giglio has spent the last two years reporting from the front lines of the fight against ISIS. He joins us from Istanbul to discuss the U.S. role in the ground war, and how we can define success in this fight.
Could banning employers from asking about criminal background improve the employment possibilities of former criminals? Sonja Starr, who teaches criminal law at the University of Michigan discusses how the movement to "ban the box" has backfired for those it was meant to help the most.